Stunningly Comfortable

We needed a place to stop for the night on our way to Chicago and prefer AirBNB to a generic hotel. There were several nice looking places in eastern Ohio, but The Kelby (River Road in Perry, Ohio; contact only through AirBNB) is interesting and the value...

Sitting Around the House

"Hey, babe. Wanna sleep in a strange place for the next two nights? "Where are we going?" "Camille lives in DC and needs a cat sitter. It was on Facebook." "Well, then it must be true." That's how our first housesitting gig began. James had seen a post by a friend of...

The Town That Fooled The British

“It’s overcast, but supposed to get up to 57 degrees. Would you like to head over to the Eastern Shore?” “Road trip!” The hour and a half drive across the Bay Bridge flew by and, in no time, we were driving along Talbot Street in the little town of St. Michaels,...

In Search of a Landing

"Want to bonk around Elkridge today and look at the river?" "Sure." I laughed and glanced across the street to the Tiber River running through historic Ellicott City. The drive was typical--grinning and holding hands and testing ideas for our generational saga...

The Beer Is Pretty Good, Too

At the top of the hill on historic Main Street on a sunny corner stands an old stone building with an imposing facade. The building started as the Talbot Lumber Company in the late 19th Century. Then in 1997, the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company [8308 Main Street,...

Getting Rid of Stuff

As I sat in the office last night pondering the ‘transition’, my mind wandered back to all the other ‘moves’ I’ve undertaken over my lifetime. Packing is easy. Downsizing takes a little more thought. THIS, is downright lunacy. We’re not downsizing to fit into a...

Cloudless Morning on Cemetery Ridge

We promised each other that we’d try something new as often as we can. It took 29 phone calls to Gettysburg area bed and breakfasts before we got a hit. Not many answered the phone, and many who did laughed in response to: “Do you have any rooms for tonight?” Finally...

A Beautiful Weekend in October

After 29 phone calls, it's no longer a spontaneous getaway. After 29 phone calls, it becomes an imperative strategic operation. “Hi, do you have any rooms available for tonight?” James looked over at me and murmured under his breath, “This one is laughing, too.” Back...

The Order of Our Relationship

"It's after two; what would you like for lunch?", James asked. "How about breakfast?" We'd spent the morning brainstorming and rewarding good plot ideas for our historical novel with kiss breaks, but music is not the food of love. And who doesn't love all-day...